Here you can read about who we are and why we do what we do.
If you live in Vanuatu or have lived there, chances are you know me. Also, you may be aware of my history in the kava industry there.
Whilst living in Vanuatu, I became friends with the owner of “The Kava Emporium” – Cameron Mcleod. By the way, Cameron is now the Founder and Owner of Australia Kava Shop, based on the Gold Coast. We source all our kava from them. The reasons for choosing them as our suppliers are simple. Ergo – their kava is top quality (all our Kava has been certified as noble variety and microbial tested by the country-of-origin governments). Also, with competitive pricing and prompt delivery features, their service is first-class.
Speaking of Cameron and The Kava Emporium (Vanuatu’s only kava retailer at the time), it came about that I ended up working in the business. As such and over time, I continued to expand my knowledge of the kava industry and its players. Moreover, I learnt plenty about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the industry.
My name is Phil Manhire and I am the CEO and Founder of Buy Kava Online and “Yes” – I am an Australian. I spent over a decade living in Vanuatu. This was after having spent about 7 years travelling to Vanuatu, on a regular basis, from my home in Queensland. While doing all this travel, I fell in love with Vanuatu and everything about the place.
Specifically, I came to love the “social tonic” of drinking kava. That is, several days a week, I would visit one of my favourite nakamals (“meeting place”). In essence, I quickly came to looking forward to my kava sessions – with friends and strangers alike. Thus, I also learned about kava and the difference between good kava and “krap kava” (more on that another time).
So, the bottom line is that we love, love, love our kava. For that reason, we wish to “share the love” with you. Therefore, we wish to ensure that all kava drinkers in Australia have the best kava available to them.
Subsequently, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with the highest quality “noble” kava varieties at a competitive price. So, now that you’ve learned a bit more about who we are ….